Grafted tomatoes are not planted the same way as non-grafted. DO NOT BURY THE GRAFT. Plant your Mighty’ Mato at the same level it is in the container that you purchased.
Plant in good soil that has been amended with organic compost.
In large pots
Grafted tomatoes perform better in the ground, because of their aggressive root system. However, the exclusive SuperNatural rootstock of the Mighty ‘Mato allows it to also performs well in containers. Use a 15-gallon minimum size pot and any good organic potting soil.
A grafted tomato is more resistant to environmental stress than other tomatoes. A few simple steps will ensure baskets of fruit:
- Full sun is best
- Large tomato cage to accommodate
- Prune suckers to increase airflow and increase health of plant (this is to thin out some of the vegetation). Increases yield, too!
- Some grafted heirloom varieties have large flowers and could use a little help–Give the plant a nice shake to pollinate.
- To control growth: Run cold. Run dry. Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) negatively impact performance of Mighty ‘Mato and Mighty Veggies.
NOTE: At first, grafted tomato plants seem to grow slower than non-grafted tomato plants, but give it some time and watch Mighty ‘Mato outperform non-grafted.
Use an organic or time-release fertilizer to get a more even feed. Avoid high nitrogen foods or chemical foods which may result in too much green growth and delayed fruiting.
Well-draining organic soils provide the best medium for all vegetables.
The vigorous SuperNatural rootstock actually requires less water than seed-grown tomatoes. Water only as required and mulch the soil to prevent moisture loss.
Pick as you would any tomato, but find some friends to share the bounty with.Disclaimer: Remember that your grafted tomato plant is resistant to soil-borne diseases and nematodes, but burying the graft will negate these benefits.